After 1,000 extra-base hits, it must be tough to keep track.
Griffey hit his 534th career home run to tie Jimmie Foxx for 13th place on the all-time list and slugged his 1,000th extra-base hit to help the Reds with their fourth straight.
"He's one of the best to ever play the game," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "He's still one of the better players in baseball today, still in that elite group today. But he's in that elite group with anybody who's ever been out there on the field. It's a lot of fun to watch him."
Griffey went deep against Pittsburgh starter Kip Wells in the fourth inning for his 33rd homer of the season and fourth in as many games, then doubled in the sixth to hit the four-digit milestone. He has 430 doubles and 36 triples.
But Griffey said he only remembers his accomplishments when told of them by club officials. That's why he was surprised when the Reds gave him the ball he hit into the right-field corner.
"I really don't worry about streaks and things like that," Griffey said. "I just want to go about things concentrating on each of my at-bats, and what happens, happens. I don't really go up there thinking about any of that."
Griffey also extended his hitting streak to 14 games. The 12-time All-Star has hit .458 (27-for-59) during the stretch, with 10 multihit games.
Luke Hudson pitched six strong innings for his fifth win in six starts. Hudson (6-6) allowed one run and three hits, while walking four and striking out seven. He has not given up more than three earned runs in a start since July 16 against the Chicago Cubs when he dropped to 1-5. Since then, his ERA has dropped from 10.05 to 6.36.
"I kept my head up the best I could during that tough stretch," Hudson said. "I knew I was capable of having success. I was able to make good pitches when I had to today."
Wells held Cincinnati hitless for three innings before Griffey connected to straightaway center. Two innings later, Griffey doubled down the right-field line.
Griffey's hits were all Cincinnati could muster before a two-run seventh. Lopez doubled with two outs to score Encarnacion and Jason LaRue reached on an error, chasing Wells (7-14). Wells, pushed up a day in the rotation because of an injury to starter Zach Duke, allowed three runs -- two earned -- on four hits, while walking three and striking out five.
"I thought Kip was outstanding," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He threw the ball extremely well, particularly on short rest."
The Reds took a 3-1 lead when reliever Mile Gonzalez walked Adam Dunn with the bases loaded to score Lopez.
"We're playing real good baseball right now," Casey said. "The bottom line is we are getting real good starting pitching. If you get that and some timely hitting, you win ballgames."
Pittsburgh, which has lost five in a row and eight of nine, took a 1-0 lead in the first when Craig Wilson doubled home Jason Bay. Wilson was activated earlier in the day after missing 40 games because of a broken bone in his hand.
The Pirates' other run came on Humberto Cota's home run to lead off the seventh. Pittsburgh out-hit the Reds 8-7, but left nine men on base.
"We had some opportunities offensively but couldn't get it done," third baseman Ty Wigginton said.
Todd Coffey pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first career save for the Reds, who moved to six games under .500 -- the closest they have been to the break-even point since May 3 when they were 10-16.
"If we keep playing the way we are and keep winning, there is no reason to think we will not be up over .500 by the end of the season," LaRue said. "We are really looking forward to this final month."
|Ken Griffey Jr. eyes the flight of his 534th career HR, which ties him with Jimmie Foxx for 13th. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Felipe Lopez, SS||4||1||1||2||0||0||1||.287|
|Jason LaRue, C||5||0||0||0||0||2||1||.264|
|Ken Griffey Jr., CF||4||1||2||1||1||0||0||.302|
|Adam Dunn, LF||2||1||0||1||3||0||0||.250|
|Sean Casey, 1B||4||1||1||2||1||0||3||.319|
|Austin Kearns, RF||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.243|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||5||2||2||0||0||3||0||.238|
|Ray Olmedo, 2B||1||1||0||0||2||0||0||.239|
|Luke Hudson, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.318|
|a- Rich Aurilia, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.275|
|Jason Standridge, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Shackelford, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Belisle, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|b- Jacob Cruz, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.231|
|Todd Coffey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Hudson in the 7th|
|b-doubled for Belisle in the 8th|
|2B - Felipe Lopez (28, Wells), Ken Griffey Jr. (30, Wells), Edwin Encarnacion (12, Meadows), Jacob Cruz (9, Meadows)|
|HR - Ken Griffey Jr. (33, Wells), Sean Casey (9, Grabow)|
|SF - Felipe Lopez (7)|
|SH - Ray Olmedo (2)|
|RBI - Felipe Lopez 2 (66), Ken Griffey Jr. (90), Adam Dunn (86), Sean Casey 2 (52), Jacob Cruz (17)|
|2-OUT RBI - Felipe Lopez (26), Adam Dunn (31)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Hudson-Casey|
|Luke Hudson (W,6-6)||6||3||1||1||4||7||0||6.36|
|Jason Standridge (H,4)||0.1||2||1||1||0||0||1||4.74|
|Matt Belisle (H,8)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.89|
|Todd Coffey (S,1)||2||2||0||0||0||1||0||4.60|
|IBB - Bay by Luke Hudson|
|HBP - Eldred (by Luke Hudson)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hudson 99-51, Jason Standridge 5-4, Brian Shackelford 2-2, Matt Belisle 4-3, Todd Coffey 27-20|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hudson 2-8, Todd Coffey 3-2|
|Batters Faced - Luke Hudson 25, Jason Standridge 3, Brian Shackelford 1, Matt Belisle 1, Todd Coffey 8|
|Freddy Sanchez, 2B||4||0||2||0||1||0||0||.277|
|Rob Mackowiak, CF-3B||5||0||1||0||0||2||2||.273|
|Jason Bay, LF||2||1||1||0||2||1||1||.300|
|Craig Wilson, RF||4||0||1||1||0||1||4||.260|
|Brad Eldred, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||3||2||.240|
|Ty Wigginton, 3B||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.231|
|Mike Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Meadows, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Daryle Ward, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.270|
|John Grabow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jack Wilson, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.237|
|Humberto Cota, C||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.241|
|Kip Wells, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.174|
|Tike Redman, CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.254|
|a-singled for Meadows in the 8th|
|2B - Craig Wilson (6, Hudson), Humberto Cota (15, Hudson)|
|HR - Humberto Cota (7, Standridge)|
|SH - Kip Wells (3)|
|RBI - Craig Wilson (8), Humberto Cota (35)|
|2-OUT RBI - Craig Wilson (4)|
|SB - Freddy Sanchez (2, 2nd base off Hudson/LaRue), Jason Bay 2 (16, 2nd base off Hudson/LaRue, 3rd base off Hudson/LaRue)|
|CS - Freddy Sanchez (2, 3rd base by Belisle/LaRue)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Jason Bay 1|
|E - Ty Wigginton 2 (8, ), Craig Wilson (2, Dropped fly)|
|Kip Wells (L,7-14)||6.2||4||3||2||3||5||1||4.66|
|IBB - Dunn by Kip Wells|
|WP - Kip Wells (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kip Wells 97-60, Mike Gonzalez 16-6, Brian Meadows 19-11, John Grabow 25-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kip Wells 12-5, Brian Meadows 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Kip Wells 29, Mike Gonzalez 3, Brian Meadows 6, John Grabow 5|
|Attendance - 23495|
|Game Time - 2:52|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Larry Young|